June Events: New Exhibitions, Artist Talks, Concert, and More


LAGUNA BEACH, CA (June 2013)—In June, Laguna Art Museum will host an array events including the opening of new exhibitions on June 2; a live concert with Florence Estrin (flute) and Robert Estrin (harpsichord) on June 13; an exhibition tour of expose: beatriz da costa with former collaborator and assistant Crys Moore on June 16; the Laguna Beach Film Society screening of Harold & Maude on June 20; an enlightening discussion about the importance of specific bequests of art to family, friends, and charitable institutions presented by U.S. Trust on June 25; and a lecture with Faux Real artist and Laguna Beach resident Cheryl Ekstrom on June 27.Summer 2013 Exhibitions Open
Sunday, June 2
Members’ Opening Reception: June 1

On Sunday, June 2 Laguna Art Museum opens three new exhibitions to the public: Faux Real (on display June 2-September 29); Sea Change: Tanya Aguiñiga’s Bluebelt Forest (on display June 2, 2013-May 18, 2014); and ex•pose: beatriz da costa (on display June 2-September 29). The museum’s current exhibition John Mason: Blue Wall is on display through October 13.


June 2-September 29
Faux Real is a group exhibition curated by Laguna Art Museum’s Curator of Contemporary Art Grace Kook-Anderson, which features installation artists and sculptors who recreate reality with a twist, using off-beat materials and in most cases a keen sense of humor. The results are playful, intriguing, and highly entertaining.

The participating artists re-imagine reality with their work. They begin with familiar subjects: food, furniture, and knick-knacks that occupy the spaces of many homes, and recreate them with unconventional and often surprising materials. The pieces highlight mundane everyday objects often passed over without a second thought, bringing into focus the exercise of seeing, the processes of construction, and the broad utility of materials. While often humorous in their execution, the included artwork offers social and political critique of American culture and the mass culture of consumerism.

Featured artists: Michael Arcega, Sandow Birk, Libby Black, Julie Bozzi, Amy Caterina, Lauren DiCioccio, Daniel Douke, Ala Ebtekar, Cheryl Ekstrom, David Gilhooly, Kim MacConnel, Matthias Merkel Hess, Jean Lowe, Gifford Myers, Kaz Oshiro, Elyse Pignolet, Walter Robinson, Richard Shaw, and Stephanie Syjuco.

The exhibition will be on display in the museum’s main level galleries. 

June 2, 2013-May 18, 2014
This summer the museum opens a site-specific installation along the same lines as Faux Real by Los Angeles artist Tanya Aguiñiga in its upper level gallery. Aguiñiga will transform the space into a forest of kelp, corals, barnacles, and other creatures that one would typically find under the sea just off the coast of Laguna Beach. Every object in the exhibition will be hand-made by the artist and her assistants, using a variety of materials and textiles. By recreating these organic elements using unexpected, manmade materials, Aguiñiga enables the viewer to experience them anew. In addition to looking, visitors will also be able to explore the exhibition through touching it, thereby allowing for a truly immersive encounter.

Aguiñiga works at the intersection of furniture design, craft making, and fine art. The ability to successfully navigate between different worlds is something that she attributes to having grown up in the border area of Tijuana and San Diego, where she had to cross the border and move between cultures on a daily basis throughout her childhood. Just as Aguiñiga has been doing in her personal life, she inhabits more than one world through her work.

Aguiñiga (b.1978) received her BA in Furniture Design from San Diego State University and her MFA in Furniture Design from the Rhode Island School of Design. Among the awards she has received are United States Artists Fellow and USA Target Fellow in Crafts and Traditional Arts. She has also been involved in a numerous community empowerment projects, including the Border Art Workshop (BAW/TAF), a collaborative of artists from Mexico and the U.S.

June 2-September 29
The fourth exhibition in Laguna Art Museum’s ex·pose series features the most recent project by the late Beatriz da Costa. Dying for the Other, a triptych video installation, offers a parallel consideration of mice used in breast cancer research set alongside scenes from the artist’s own life. Da Costa suffered from breast cancer and underwent intense medical treatment to combat the disease. Through video, the artist covers an uncomfortable and sticky part of our collective social consciousness—pursuing the advancement of science and medicine, but doing so at the sacrifice of other “less intelligent” beings.

Set alongside Dying for the Other is da Costa’s Anti-Cancer Survival Kit, a friendly and interactive approach to a somewhat taboo social subject. The kit provides information for people to take the resources and knowledge home with them. Some of the components of the kit include a database of comprehensive research; a coffee-table style illustrated book providing guidelines for anti-cancer approaches; games designed for touch-screen mobile devices; and information on creating an anti-cancer, DIY garden. Bringing together scholars and artists from many disciplines, these set of supplies and collected knowledge are meant for those living with cancer, while also serving as tools for their loved ones.

“It’s the kind of kit I wish somebody would have given me as a gift, when I was first diagnosed three years ago,” da Costa said about initiating the project. She had dealt with the disease in different manifestations since diagnosed with her first cancer at age fourteen.

Da Costa worked as a multidisciplinary artist exploring human impact on the world around us—promoting an awareness of the inextricable ways in which active and passive human action affects our environment. Her work as an educator (she was the Associate Professor of Studio Art, Electrical Engineering, and Computer Science at the University of California, Irvine) was indicative of her multidisciplinary tact in promoting social awareness, fusing the impact of raw data and science with appeals to emotional sensibilities. After battling the illness for so long, da Costa passed away at age 38 on December 27, 2012.

In conjunction with ex·pose: beatriz da costa, Laguna Art Museum has partnered with Laguna Beach High School to present Metastatic in the Young Artists Society Gallery. Laguna Beach High School art teacher Bridget Beaudry-Porter worked with 9th to 12th grade students during a two-month period in the spring of 2013 to create paintings based on microbiological images of cancer cells. The project not only introduced students to the use of scientific imagery as inspiration for making art, but also gave them the opportunity to investigate cancer from a different perspective. The result is a group of stunning paintings with a beauty all their own.

Live! at the Museum: Cellist David Garrett
Thursday, June 13
7:00-8:00 p.m.
Free to museum members, free to non-members with museum admission ($5-$7)

Live! at the Museum is an ongoing series of early-evening concerts in the museum’s galleries presented by Laguna Beach Live! that take place the second Thursday of each month. In June, husband and wife team Florence Estrin (flute) and Robert Estrin (harpsichord) present an evening of classical music. Musician, composer, and teacher Robert Estrin performs concerts and presentations on the piano, harpsichord, and fortepiano. In this concert, he will perform Mozart as it was written for the harpsichord. Florence Estrin has a successful career as a flutist, and has performed in many of the great concert halls including Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. In this concert, Florence will perform the Family of Flutes.

ex•pose beatriz da costa Exhibition Tour with Crys Moore
Sunday, June 16
1:00 p.m.
Free to museum members, free to non-members with museum admission ($5-$7)

Artist Crys Moore will lead a walk-through of Beatriz da Costa’s ex•pose exhibition, followed by a Q & A session. Crys Moore is an artist, designer, and cultural producer who was the assistant to da Costa until her untimely death from cancer last December.
Beatriz da Costa passed away at age 38 after a long battle with breast cancer. The photos and videos featured in theexhibition (on display in the museum’s lower level galleries June 2-September 29, 2013)  use self as subject and capture her struggle with the disease, examining the intersection of art, politics, engineering, and the life sciences.

Laguna Beach Film Society presents Harold & Maude
Thursday, June 20

6:00 p.m. reception at Laguna Art Museum (307 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach)
7:00 p.m. screening at South Coast Cinema (162 South Coast Highway, Laguna Beach)
Free to members of the Laguna Beach Film Society, a council of Laguna Art Museum
Non-members: $20.00 for screening and reception; screening only: $8.00 pre-sale, $10.00 at the door, $5.00 for students

The Laguna Beach Film Society is pleased to announce its new Summer Comedy Series, which features three films with a humorous focus on the people and places of California. The first film in the series is the 1971 classic comedyHarold & Maude, written by Colin Higgins, directed by Hal Ashby, and starring Ruth Gordon and Bud Cort. Young, rich, and obsessed with death, Harold (Cort) finds himself changed forever when he meets lively septuagenarian Maude (Gordon) at a funeral. The last two films in the Summer Comedy Series are The Big Lebowski (screening on July 18) and Sideways (screening on August 15).

Legacy Circle: Art as Legacy
Tuesday, June 25
4:00-5:30 p.m.
Free and open to the public

Michael McCarthy of U.S. Trust will present an entertaining and enlightening discussion as he touches upon the importance of specific bequests of art to family, friends, and charitable institutions. He will provide insight into the charitable transfers that he handled with Isamu Noguchi and Donald Judd; the difficulties with the life estate in her art collection that Gertrude Stein provided for Alice B. Toklas; issues of establishing an historic house museum as he did as the draftsman of the will of Doris Duke; and he’ll raise some cautionary tales of the bequests of art under the wills of Brooke Astor and Huguette Clark. Mr. McCarthy has represented numerous collectors and artists while he practiced as an estate planning lawyer. He is Managing Director, Office of Chief Fiduciary, U.S. Trust

Lecture with Faux Real Artist Cheryl Ekstrom
Thursday, June 27
7:00 p.m.
Free to museum members, free to non-members with museum admission ($5-$7)

Laguna Beach artist Cheryl Ekstrom shrewdly reproduces icons of design by casting them in steel. The result is an intriguing transformation in which objects cease to be pieces of functional design and become works of art. In order to make the full-scale stainless steel sculpture of an Eames lounge chair and ottoman on display in Faux Real, Ekstrom was given exclusive permission from the Eames Office. Prior to being exhibited at Laguna Art Museum, the two pieces were featured in Collecting Eames at JF Chen in Los Angeles, an exhibition that was part of the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time initiative.

Faux Real
 is a group exhibition (on display in the museum’s main level galleries June 2-September 29, 2013) that features installation artists and sculptors who recreate reality with a twist, using off-beat materials and a keen sense of humor. The results are playful, intriguing, and highly entertaining.

Laguna Art Museum is a museum of California art. Its mission is to collect, care for, and exhibit works of art that were created by California artists or represent the life and history of the state. Through its permanent collection, its special loan exhibitions, its educational programs, and its library and archive, the museum enhances the public’s knowledge and appreciation of California art of all periods and styles, and encourages art-historical scholarship in this field.
Laguna Art Museum stands just steps from the Pacific Ocean in the beautiful city of Laguna Beach. The museum is proud to continue the tradition of the Laguna Beach Art Association, founded in 1918 by the early California artists who had discovered the town and transformed it into a vibrant arts community. The gallery that the association built in 1929 is part of today’s Laguna Art Museum.
Laguna Art Museum is located at 307 Cliff Drive in Laguna Beach, on the corner of PCH and Cliff Drive, next door to Las Brisas restaurant.

Monday-Tuesday, Friday-Sunday: 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Thursday: 11:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.
Closed Wednesday
Closed New Year’s Day, the Fourth of July, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day

$7.00 general admission
$5.00 students and seniors
FREE for children under 12, active military, and museum members
FREE the first Thursday of every month from 5:00-9:00 p.m. during the Laguna Beach First Thursday Art Walk

The museum offers complimentary docent-led tours every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday at 11:00 a.m. one week after an exhibition opens. No reservations are necessary. Audio tours can be accessed on any smartphone atwww.LagunaArtMuseum.org. Patrons without smartphones can rent an iPod Touch for free at the museum’s front desk.

If you have any questions or require additional information, please contact Marni Farmer, Director of Communications at Laguna Art Museum, at 949.494.8971 x208 or at mfarmer@lagunaartmuseum.org.

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